(WCNC/NBC Newschannel) – A North Carolina mother of five is dead after one of her children found a loaded gun inside their apartment.
Cornelius Police say 25-year-old Gabriel Alexis Henderson was found dead inside her apartment Monday evening. Her youngest child was also injured.
Detectives on the scene determined the only people inside the apartment at the time of the shooting were the victim and her five children.
Police said there was a small semi-automatic handgun located on the bed in the bedroom where the victim was found.
Four children were in the bedroom when the shot was fired, and police believe one of them had found the gun in their mother’s purse.
“We understand that children can not differentiate most of the time between a real gun and a toy gun,” Cornelius Police Captain Jennifer Thompson said.